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11:45 AM Angelwolf aka D. Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in the News Friday, 12:09 PM Friday, August 12, 2005
Wolves at her door Wolf sanctuary is looking to relocate
By LEROY STANDISH
LUCERNE VALLEY — With a little coaxing Tanya Little Wolf manages to get her family to their feet, crane their necks forward and howl.
In a unsuspectingly loud voice Little Wolf produces a high pitched: "Yaaaa-toe," from her five-foot, five-inch frame. Then, with hands cupped around her mouth she lets out a lonesome howl. "They think I'm lost," she says.
A few more tries and the mountainside is filled with howling moans as the 17 wolves she keeps here at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary answer her in song.
For 21 years she has kept the sanctuary here off Highway 18 alive, but now she wants to move on.
"I've been here 21 years too long," Little Wolf said. "I've been wanting to go to Sedona (Ariz.) or the other side of the Rockies in Colorado."
Visitors are invited to visit with some of the 17 wolfs cared for at the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary in Lucerne Valley. From left, John Worden, sanctuary helper, sits with Mark Thomas and his sister-in-law, Jackie Defries, who traveled from Irvine to spend time with the sanctuary's wolves.
The flies are too numerous and her companions are too hot and too crowded here, she says. She wants to find a place were the ground the wolves roam is as wide as the sky, the temperatures are more hospitable and the surrounding area more accommodating to her desire to breed nearly extinct species of wolves.
"It's not for me, it's for the wolves," she said. "It's just too hard here."
It costs $4,000 a month to feed the wolves a menu of rabbit, chicken, beef, vegetables, herbs, vitamins and occasionally some Wolf Bison dog food. Another $3,000 a year is spent on federal, state and county permits.
To escape the valley, Little Wolf, who is half Apache Indian and half Italian, feels she must appease it. For the last several years she has held a pow-wow to vex the evil spirits, but the last two, she said, were corrupted by "wasichu," the white man. Little Wolf is convinced she must host two more successful pow-wows before she is able to leave for the promised land.
"When I move I will have cougars, bobcats, eagles, birds of prey — cats to coyotes, anything in the United States," Little Wolf said.
For now she continues to struggle here in the valley. As a nonprofit, donations to her shelter are tax deductible. Anyone visiting is encouraged to provide at least a $20 donation. For the money, guests receive a
face-to-face encounter with these denizens of the night, which have traipsed their way through European folklore with blood stained fangs and evil in their hearts.
The wolf through Indian eyes is a very different animal.
"The wolves are very spiritual because they are part of us," Little Wolf said. "Here they get to feel you. Look inside the wolves' eyes and they see your soul."
She says three of her wolves are healers, with powers to see people's afflictions, draw them out and cure them. To guests that enter here she happily tells how a woman's scarred legs were healed and how another's chest wound was freed of disease.
"After all the healing is done they howl to say the healing is over," Little Wolf said. "It's absolutely beautiful."
Guests are allowed to walk among the wolves, but the wolves decide who gets pet. They will squabble amongst themselves to be first in line to lick a stranger's face and accept their touch in return.
The wolves are surprisingly gentle. Among her pack is one of the rarest of breeds, the Buffalo Wolf. She said only 40 of the wolves are left in captivity and they are extinct in the wild.
Anyone who wishes to visit, donate or assist Wolf Mountain in its quest to move can call the sanctuary at 248-7818.